While the condensing of automaker participation at the major global auto shows was also evident at the 2019 NYIAS, there was still some surprise highlights. Genesis raised the bar for car reveals another notch, debuting their small electric Mint concept at the yet to be opened Vessel structure that anchors the massive Hudson Yards development. The debut was choreographed with a fashion show by Prabal Gurung.
Kia unveiled the SUV/Crossover-ish Habaniro concept. This was my favorite of the show since it broke away from the current form obsession trends in car design and offered an exterior with a strong 2d graphic read. Still, I could imagine the Habaniro better as a smaller, funkier hatchback. The design is cool, just the scale is wrong.
This was EV truck maker Rivian’s first appearance at the NY Auto Show and my first time getting to see their prototypes in person. There’s so many interesting ideas in both the pickup and SUV that I hope make it to production. Weirdly, the exteriors don’t photograph that well inside in comparison to how they look in person.
Outside the main hall was a small yet impressive collection of vintage Italian cars exhibited by the Saratoga Auto Museum. I’d probably have taken the yellow Dino over anything else on the show floor.
Audi 50th Anniversary
Turning 50 is a big deal and Audi marked the occasion of their anniversary with an event at the Classic Car Club Manhattan. On display were a trio of museum quality vehicles. How cool is the red Quattro?
Middlecott Sketchbattle NYC
Pitting designers head to head against the clock to bust out their best sketch is the premise behind the Middlecott Sketchbattle competition. This was the first year the event was hosted in NYC at Jalopnik’s office. There was some fierce competition and a tinge of nostalgia for my own art school days.
Photos and Text: Dave Pinter